ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber in color from the sides and lighter, more clear in color from the top, it has a bubbly white head and almost looks like a double IPA. A strong ale aroma, with moderate hops and a sweet, smoky? Caramelly malt backing. There’s something dusty about this... makes it different, but good! Flavor is delicious! You really can’t tell this has such a high ABV. Really smooth in the mouth... sweet, bright, leaves a sticky sweetness on the lips. Almost like this has evaporated a bit - you can taste it. Sticks to the tongue and dominates the finish with a sweet alcohol. Sweet and so good. Amazing that something this strong tastes so sweet and easy. I’m totally licking my lips. This beer is deceivingly potent.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy rich mahogany color. Little to no head with this pour. Smell is sweet with some brown sugar and some hops. Taste is very sweet. Alcohol is masked very well. Like a sugar cube is in my beer! Still impressed they masked the 22 percent of alcohol. Nice work duclaw.
scottw86 (1151) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very hazy reddish color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, brown sugar and honey. Taste is very sweet and sugary. Slightly resin flavors and cotton candy. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Some yeasty notes make this taste slightly belgian. Overall it is very flavorful, and the alcohol is well hidden, but maybe a little too sweet.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little underwhelmed having this almost immedialtely after utopias. Still pour. Sweet honey on the nose. Hot and sweet. One the verge of being cloying
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL sampled @Pre-Sex 2011. The pour was a clear, flat, viscous amber leaving some okay legs only the tulip. Aroma of candied orange, heavy honey sweetness, paper oxidation, vanilla. Taste is wickedly sweet, almost mead like honey dominated. Cinnamon and spice tries to balance what comes across as a mead with almost no body. I was surprised to find no spicy, warming alcohol but I was not expecting the main fermentable to be honey to get the abv up to 22%.
emacgee (4450) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Pre-Sex. Pours a soft copper orange with a wispy tan head. Really rich nose with a warming alcohol and lots of spice, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Flavor is rich and fruity with a warming alcoholic character and notes of spice and toffee. Palate is full and coating with a nice warm finish. Me gusta
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Omg boozy, wow, sweet and alcohol, 22% and I taste every sip, crazy stuff. Ghanks to the random friend that provided this tick.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear light crimson with thin cream head that quickly fades. Nose of green apple, caramel and cinnamon.. Taste of apple pie, creme brulee, bananas foster and desert wine. Sweet finish, leaving a stickiness to the lips.
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. I’ve had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh.
Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via trade with Acole34. The nose is a blast of fruit, alcohol, honey. Like an amped up barley wine. The appearance is deep maber, translucent, almost non-existent white head. The flavor is unrelentingly sweet, apples, cherries, maple syrup, alcohol (take a few seconds to come in), some cinnamon. Awesome thick, syrupy mouthfeel. It’s a bit like cough syrup. In some ways, it reminds me of the phoenix kriek. Finish is sweet cherry, resiny hops, spices (like coriander, pepper). I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but I really enjoyed this. Thanks, Angus.
Update: Heated to about 105 degrees. The booze really comes out in the aroma now!!! Also, some tart cherry in there. The appearance is the same. The mouthfeel is about the same. The flavor is a tad more tart than sweet, unlike before. Still fairly sweet, lots of cherries. The finish is much more resiny hop bitter, than the lingering sweetness of before. This is akin to the Unibroue Quelque Chose. My recommendation, drink this cold. This beer REALLY grows on you, BTW.